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Fellowship Tracks

Johns Hopkins University has an international reputation for excellence in patient care, research, and teaching.  We produce master clinicians, physician-scientists, and clinician educators. The fellowship program offers 4 training tracks, and these tracks can be modified depending on your career goals. 

  • Clinical/Epidemiological Investigation  
  • Clinician Educator  
  • Basic Science
  • Clinical Practice
  • The clinical research track trains future leaders in clinical and epidemiological research within Nephrology and related fields. Fellows in this track have unparalleled opportunity to participate in clinical or epidemiology research within the Nephrology Division, Welch Center for Prevention, Epidemiology and Clinical Research, and the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The Bloomberg School of Public Health is consistently ranked the #1 school of public health in the nation.

    Fellows in this track identify research mentors and potential areas of research during their first year. During their second year, fellows are supported by an NIH T32 grant to complete formal coursework towards a Master in Health Science degree in Epidemiology or Clinical Investigation at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Courses focus on epidemiological and biostatistical methodologies, grantsmanship, research ethics and integrity, and practical skills required for conducting patient-oriented research. The subsequent third year involves completion of the Master thesis, submission of peer-review manuscripts, and application for extramural funding.

    While Federal law often limits the available funding opportunities for fellows on training visas, we have a track record of successfully supporting highly qualified applicants to pursue a graduate degree at the School of Public Health.

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  • The clinician educator track offers qualified candidates the opportunity to pursue formal training in curriculum and teaching skills development.  We have a formal curriculum that includes:

    • One-on-one teaching with residents and medical students during daily clinical activities
    • Preparation and presentation of lectures for didactic and research conferences
    • Teaching small group sessions during the Genes-to-Society Renal Course for second year medical students
    • Participation in epidemiology and biostatistics courses at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
    • Authorship of medical literature reviews and book chapters
    • Institute for Excellence in Education Teaching Camp
    • Online Curriculum Development for Medical Education
    • Longitudinal Program in Teaching Skills
    • Evidence Based Teaching in the Health Professions (EBTHP) certificate
    • Master of Education in the Health Professions

    Fellows, including those on training visas, in the Clinician Educator track successfully obtain academic faculty appointments upon graduation.

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  • The basic science track provides outstanding training in bench-top and translational research for a successful career as physician-scientist.

    Fellows may participate in research within the Nephrology Division and in other Divisions or Departments at Johns Hopkins University. 

    Fellows interested in the basic science track identify a mentor and an area of research focus during their first year of fellowship. Fellows in this track are expected to engage in laboratory meetings and to apply for extramural funding during their training.

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  • The clinical practice track provides unparalleled preparation for a career in clinical Nephrology.  This track can be customized to develop the skills necessary for success in either a private or academic clinical practice.  We believe we are one of the few training programs in the country with the depth of resources necessary to produce equally outstanding clinical Nephrologists as well as physician scientists, depending on the career goals of the trainee.


Additional Tracks

Training opportunities exist in the following areas for highly qualified applicants:

Center for Bioengineering Innovation & Design
With the launch of KidneyX, there is rapidly building interest to support innovation in Nephrology.  With support from an NIH training grant, a qualified fellow can spend the 2nd and 3rd year of fellowship pursuing a mentored program in bioengineering innovation and design.

Clinical Pharmacology
In collaboration with the Division of Clinical Pharmacology, fellows interested in clinical trials, drug development, treatment optimization, rational therapeutics, or pharmaco-epidemiology can pursue a Masters in Health Science or PhD at the Bloomberg School of Public Health.    

Critical Care
In collaboration with the National Institutes of Health (NIH), fellows interested in a combined academic Critical Care – Nephrology career can apply for Nephrology fellowship at Johns Hopkins during their 1st year of critical care training at the NIH.

Global Health
Through support from the Fogarty Global Health Fellowship, fellows can apply for funding to support an international year during the 3rd year of fellowship to pursue global health training. In addition, fellows who are non-US residents and from focus countries may be eligible for support.

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